Frequently Asked Questions
1) What is ALAM?
ALAM is the abbreviation for Akademi Laut Malaysia or Malaysian Maritime Academy, a maritime institution that offers various maritime courses. For school leavers, ALAM facilitates trainings for them to become deck officers or marine engineers on board merchant ships.
2) Where is ALAM situated?
ALAM is situated at Kuala Sungai Baru, Melaka; a lush and verdant campus overlooking the straits of Melaka. It is approximately 148km south of Kuala Lumpur and 152km north of Singapore.
3) What are the Cadetship Programmes offered by ALAM for school leavers?
- Diploma in Nautical Studies
- Diploma in Marine Engineering
4) What are the entry requirements for the Cadetship Programme?
The entry requirements are as follows:-
- Single, Male or Female, not more than 25 years of age
- For Malaysian’s, SPM Result with a minimum ‘C’ or with strong credits in 5 subjects which include Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mathematics, Additional Mathematics and Physics. (Additional Mathematics is compulsory for Marine Engineer Officer Cadet and an advantage for Navigating Officer Cadet)
- For foreign applicants, school exam certificate equivalent to UK GCE O’Level with strong credits in English Language, Mathematics, Physics and 2 other technical subjects
- Mentally, physically and medically fit
- Minimum height of 158cm and weight of 48kg for male applicants (BMI: 18.5 -24.9)
- Minimum height of 155cm and weight of 42kg for female applicants (BMI: 18.5-24.9)
- Not colour blind
- Good eyesight without visual aid for Navigating Officer Cadet
- Visual aid with a limitation of 200 for Marine Engineer Officer Cadet
5) Can applicants with a STPM, Diploma or Degree apply for the cadetship programme?
Yes, they are encouraged to apply as long as they meet all the entry requirements.
6) Can female students join ALAM?
Yes, ALAM has opened its doors to female students since 2006 allowing them have the same opportunities as the male students.
7) What is the duration for the cadetship programmes?
3 years for both Diploma in Nautical Studies and Diploma in Marine Engineering.
8) When is the intake for Cadetship Programme 2013?
The intake for Cadetship Programme in 2013 will be sometime in July / August. Keep checking ALAM Facebook and website for updates.
9) Are all the students studying at ALAM fully sponsored?
Students who passed the structured interview process, medical check-up and the orientation programme will be fully sponsored by shipping companies, government agencies, port operators, oil/gas companies or offshore oil and gas marine support vessels operators. However, the students who do not get sponsorship can opt to pay on their own.
10) What will the sponsorship cover?
The sponsorship will cover the tuition fees, accommodation, meals, uniform, books, monthly allowance and the modular courses.
11) Will the students be bonded and how long is the contract?
Yes, the students will be bonded and the contract differs from one sponsor to another but it ranges from 8 – 10 years.
12) Can the students opt to self-sponsor?
Yes, students can opt to pay on their own.
13) How is the interview process?
The interview process will include:-
- Colour blind Test
- Written test in English Language, Mathematics and Physics
- Psychometric Test
- Structured Interview
Upon getting through the interview process and the medical check-up, the candidates will have to undergo an Induction Programme at ALAM.
14) What is the medium for all studies at ALAM?
All studies will be in the English Language.
15) Must all students sail after finishing their studies at ALAM?
It will depend on who the sponsors are. However, the majority of the students will have to sail until they have fully served their contract with the sponsors. They may opt to work shore base thereafter.
16) Is ALAM similar to the Royal Navy?
No, ALAM trains our students to become seagoing professionals sailing on board merchant ships whereas the Royal Navy trains their candidates to serve and protect the country.
17) What is the application deadline?
Date will only be set upon the release of 2012 SPM results.
18) Do you have to live on campus?
All cadets for Diploma courses will have to live within campus, as this is a residential programme. However, officers taking upgrading courses and participants for short courses are allowed to stay off campus.